New research shows a surge in cloud adoption, and while there are obvious benefits, some industries are more at risk than others.
A Opinion poll (opens in new tab) Of 1,800 global surveys conducted by Blancco, found evidence of “widespread” cloud adoption, but data management best practices show a particular weakness among many organizations, including healthcare and finance.
The study found that just over half (57%) of organizations have a schedule for reviewing various types of data to determine end-of-life (EOL). However, this still leaves more than four out of ten companies without verification.
Risks of Cloud Adoption
The study also delved deeper into the methods used for verification and found that over a quarter (28%) use the “blunt” approach of automatically setting expiration dates. This is certainly an effective way to ensure that all data is evaluated, but the one-size-fits-all approach does not meet the needs of different data classes.
“Best practices that may have existed in on-premises data centers can be left behind as companies migrate their data to the cloud,” Blancco said.
It’s possible that many believe that risks associated with EOL are less common in the cloud, or that a simple lack of knowledge is responsible for putting these high-risk industries at even greater risk. Supporting the latter point, 65% of respondents felt they could manage EOL better on-premises than in the cloud.
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Looking ahead, Blancco emphasizes the need for a “rethink” of data ownership that doesn’t just entail moving from on-prem to data Cloud storagebut also to adjust accordingly.
Broadly speaking, some of the most personally identifiable and sensitive information of individuals resides in these industries, and while improved connectivity and collaboration are critical to progress in each sector, risk mitigation and compliance should remain a primary focus.
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